Active adventures in Indochina
Beyond the cacophonous streets of Indochina's thriving cities lies a region of towering, jungle-clad mountains that conceal cathedral-like caverns; human-sculpted landscapes of dramatic rice terraces; vast lakes, great rivers, paradise islands and hidden coves. If you love the outdoors, you'll be smitten by the myriad landscapes that await you in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
Don your walking boots and head out for jungle treks in Nam Cat Tien National Park or into the beautiful mountains of northern Vietnam. Stay in homestays with the local minority people as you explore the spectacular terraced mountains of Sapa. Jump on your bike to escape the crowds and discover the hidden corners that most visitors never see. Plunge beneath the waves and discover an underwater wonderland at Nha Trang or remote Con Dao.
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Active Holidays accommodation across Indochina
Panhou Ecolodge (Hoang Su Phi)
Panhou Ecolodge is a traditional styled hotel hidden in the heart in the Song Chay Mountains.
Panhou Ecolodge is located on the outskirts of Panhou village in Hoang Su Phi district in Ha Giang region of north east Vietnam. Surrounded by jungle clad mountains the resort features accommodation in traditionally styled buildings. The 12 bamboo stilted house are split into two large rooms with thatched roofs, modern ensuite facilities, local furnishings and some with private balconies. Aiming to be as eco-friendly as possible the resort uses solar-powered hot water systems and fans.
The grounds are beautifully landscaped with ponds and vegetable gardens and the on-site restaurants serves healthy local dishes. The resort also features a relaxing traditional herbal bath to help you unwind. Many interesting ethnic minorities live in the Hoang Su Phi area with plenty of trekking routes and photography tours available from the resort through local village and some of the most impressive rice terraces in northern Vietnam.
Nong Khiaw Riverside Resort (Nong Khiaw)
The settlement of Nong Khiaw is blessed with some of the most attractive natural scenery in Northern Laos. Nong Khiaw Riverside Resort overlooks the vertical limestone mountains and stretches along the river, surrounded by forest and mountains. All 15 private bungalows have big balconies that provide a glorious setting from which to enjoy the view of the river and mountains. Due to limited electricity supply there is no air conditioning, but all rooms have fridge, safety box, electric kettles, free tea and coffee and beds are covered with mosquito nets.
Residence Sisouk (Pakse)
This traditionally influenced property is a great place to stop on your exploration of the Mekong
For some southern Laos colonial charm, Residence Sisouk is a great option. This historic residence has been in the French proprieter's family since the 50s, and here you are welcomed as part of the family. All 16 rooms are individually decorated in different colours, each making use of traditional Lao textiles and with parquet flooring and high ceilings. All are en-suite with flat screen TVs. Throughout the corridors and winding staircases you'll find Laos antiques and photographs of local people. The hotel is in a great location in the centre of Pakse, close to many restaurants and café. From the top-floor restaurant there are great views of the Sedong River as it flows into the Mekong. On the ground floor is a lovely café too, serving wonderful French pastries including freshly-baked croissants, and good sandwiches. Bags of local Lao coffee can also be bought here.
Mandala Ou Resort (Nong Khiaw)
Mandala Ou is a serene resort, situated high on the banks of the scenic and tranquil Nam Ou River.
This new premier bungalow resort in Nong Khiaw offers spectacular sunset views over the virgin rainforest and karst limestone mountains. The spacious and comfortable detached bungalows mix traditional Lao style with all the modern conveniences; king sized bedding, a large modern bathroom, a private balcony and modern amenities. You can relax in the infinity pool overlooking the river, enjoy sunset drinks from the poolside bar and savour Lao, Thai and Western cuisine in the on-site restaurant. There is also a quiet, covered Yoga Sala directly on the river; Yoga mats, blocks and straps are available for rent.
Hanoi > Dong Hoi Sleeper Train (Hanoi)
The overnight train leaves Hanoi in the early evening and trundles south through the night to Dong Hoi and onwards to Hue. The Livitrans carriage provides the most comfortable option on the train, and though not luxurious it offers a reasonable level of cleanliness and service. Compartments are 4-berth, though these can be hired out for private usage if preferred. Please be aware that bunks are quite hard and approx. 170 cm long, and the train is relatively bumpy and noisy, so if you have difficulty sleeping this may be an option to avoid. You will be awoken 15 minutes prior to arrival, and on disembarkation make your way to through the station exit where your guide will be awaiting you. Please retain your ticket for inspection on exit.
Sol Bungalows (Mai Chau)
Use these elegant bungalows as your base for exploring the stunning surrounds of Mai Chau
Sol Bungalows offers visitors a unique stay here in Mai Chau consisting of well appointed low rise semi-detached bungalows overlooking the rice paddies, mountains and impressive herb garden. Each bungalow has a private balcony, en-suite facilities and Air Conditioning. The rooms are simply styled, and are all bright and airy. The Sol Bungalows offers a wonderful spot to base yourself whilst exploring the surrounding area.